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Israeli Film Wins Spanish Prize

An Israeli film, "Hakayitz shel Aviya" (The Summer of Aviya) won first prize at the International Film Festival in Valladolid on Monday.

The movie, which stars 12-year-old actress Kaipo Cohen, was runner up at the Berlin Film Festival last February.

The story, based on the true life experience of Gila Almagor, who wrote the script and played a featured role in the movie, is about a child raised by a mother who is deeply affected by her Holocaust experiences and becomes mentally ill.

Almagor was on hand to accept the award in the absence of film director Eli Cohen.

It is the first time an Israeli movie has been given wide public exposure in Spain.

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